McLaren P1 LM Smashes Nürburgring Lap Record!

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We got so much tired of posting Nürburgring pieces in May that the news of the McLaren P1 LM’s record-breaking lap got pushed to this month.

We’ve run out ways to begin, develop and conclude a Nürburgring lap record news on Art of Gears. There were so many of those in May. Towards the end of the month, a McLaren P1 LM prototype (XP1LM) stepped on to the track and took home the record for the fastest production car around the legendary track.

The push for the attempt came from Lanzante – the folks who prepare the McLaren P1 LM versions. That’s the more exclusive and rarer set of McLaren P1 hypercars, which are delivered by the company’s Special Operations division. But the work that goes into making these cars hyper-special and super-awesome are from the skunkworks at Lanzante.

After the Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s lap record fell before the might of the all-electric NIO EP9 supercar. After the SCG003C competition car obliterated both of them, hinting at a more terrifying performance from its production version. After all that war of numbers, it was the turn of Lanzante and McLaren to have their day in the Green Hell.

The Nürburgring run saw their driver Kenny Brack hitting a time of 6:43.2. The NIO EP9, which took the lap record barely weeks ago had posted a lap time of 6:45.9. That’s beaten. The Lamborghini Huracan Performante’s record was nowhere to be found as the McLaren clearly outclassed the Lambo’s 6:52.01 figures. As for the SCG003C, it still has a better number at hand, with that being somewhere near 6:40. But that’s a competition car and can’t be grouped with the road-legal ones.

Out to get some air!

The McLaren P1 LM has made its mark. Any more challengers who’d like to give the Green Hell a shot this month?

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The McLaren P1 LM prototype that scored the brownies is virtually identical to the five production models which have already been sold. And like those customer cars, the XP1LM prototype is lighter than the standard P1 by 60 kg, thanks to the rigorous weight loss regime. Lots of carbon-fiber is another key to the lower weight.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine nestling in that gold-plated engine bay joins forces with electric motors to produce 986 hp of power. Then there is the aero package. That’s a workaholic and loves to create all the downforce you’ll need from street-legal-track car combo that the McLaren P1 LM is.

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The best part? After shattering the lap records and egos of the ones which had held on to the Nürburgring throne, the McLaren XP1LM prototype drove all the way back to the UK from Germany. These things are built to last, you see.